Varsity Burgers is the sister shop to Varsity Bar in Nedlands. They serve American style burgers and snack food and are open quite late for that late night meal. They’re situated at the base of an apartment complex and there’s plenty of seating inside and out. I chose the Texan Burger, a double cheeseburger with bacon and BBQ sauce. First bite in and all I can taste is meaty goodness, meat juices, gooey American cheese, the salty hit of bacon, and the crunch from the onions. The beef patty is quite tasty and all the ingredients meld together to form a very delicious burger. It takes a while to eat through all of that but one leaves full and satisfied. The pickle provides some acidity to cut through all that fat! It’s uncomplicated food that just does the job. You have to indulge every now and then.
On my last visit I noticed the famous charcoal beef burger which looks weird but it doesn’t taste unusual. The bun is slightly different but tasty, the caramelized onions provides a lovely touch of sweetness, the sauteed mushrooms are juicy, and I love the gooey American cheese. This is a gourmet burger but the big let down for me is the beef patty which lacked flavour. It reminds me of something you get at the supermarket and is of poor quality. I was quite disappointed because it’s an excellent burger with quality ingredients, lacking a beef patty oozing flavour. The wedges are a saving grace. I’m not sure what the other burgers are like, but I absolutely loved their chicken on my last visit so I’d definitely come back for that.
Porkies Barbque is an authentic American barbecue meats eatery headed by two Perth chefs with North American roots and plenty of experience eating and cooking barbecued meats. There are a range of American items to choose from the menu (beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, meat platters), including sides (like mac & cheese), desserts, and drinks. I opted for the pulled pork which was moist, juicy and succulent and is perfectly prepared. There’s a lovely flavour from the smoking process, however, the pulled pork is served plain. There’s 3 house sauces at the table to help yourself to, to add the much needed flavour addition and bring out the genius of the pulled pork. I preferred the sweet BBQ sauce, but the boom boom sweet & tangy has a nice kick too. The fried onions and bread allow you to make sandwiches and it goes down a treat. The meat selections also come with a side and there are plenty to choose from. With a sweet tooth, I chose the peach cobbler. I’ve never eaten this before but all I can say is oh yum! A very unique taste, lovely soft peaches down the bottom, delicious cobbler, a little rich at times but the scoop of vanilla ice cream does the trick. Excellent way to finish the meal.
I’ve been to Greenhouse on a number of occasions and headed there for a team breakfast. I chose the house smoked ocean trout atop toasted rye bread, which was served with a apple and watercress salad and a 62 degree egg. I really enjoyed this delicious breakfast. I love smoked trout and the apple and dressing helps to cut through the slight richness of the trout. The dense rye bread is great for soaking up the runny egg yolk. The sous vide effect ensures the egg is cooked perfectly, but I would prefer 63° sous vide egg which is less runny and the white is a tad firmer. With a cup of mocha, yummy breakfast and great start to the day!
Chimek is another Korean fried chicken restaurant with a twist. They’ve fused American and Korean cusines in serving a range of fast food items which isn’t only about chicken, but also about burgers (eg black charcoal beef burger), sides (eg cheesy cayenne beer battered chips, Korean popcorn), and desserts. I was walking by and Chimek caught my eye so I popped in and ordered the Southern fried chicken which is what you need on a cold winters day. The chicken dishes are served as wings, but for $4 extra you can have them as boneless chicken pieces which is what I opted for. The chicken was served in a reasonable time and there’s a generous serve. The chicken was crunchy, crispy, not fatty or oily, perfectly cooked, moist chicken on the inside, it’s everything fried chicken should be and Chimek hit the mark. The cayenne and paprika spice is subtle but leaves your lips buzzing! It has quite an effect in delivering the Southern flavour. The wedges on the side are fantastic, crisp on the outside and soft potato on the inside. Tasty right to the end. The coleslaw is also tasty too. The complete meal which delivered and I was very satisfied. I can’t fault the dish.
Johnny’s Burger Joint serves an array of American style burgers made with hand ground beef. I ordered the Jucy Lucy, a patty stuffed with cheese and served with onions, crispy bacon, and BBQ Sauce. The burgers are made fresh so after around 15 minutes, it was served. Johnny has perfected each of his sauces with a trip to the US and it shows. The tasty bun encases a slightly dense well cooked patty that is full of meatiness and flavour. Each bite results in the goeey cheese oozing out. The stuffed cheese is different and helps keep the patty moist and is really delicious. The BBQ sauce provides a lovely moisteness and is not overly sweet like the supermarket sauces. There’s plenty of crispy bacon (I like when the menu description is on the mark with what you get) which adds to the flavour and makes for a very enjoyable burger. While the burger isn’t overly large, it can get a bit monotonous and is an effort to get through, however, sometimes when you’re hungry all you need is a burger and Johnny’s Burger Joint hit the spot for me.
I was invited to Alfred’s Pizzeria to get a sneak peak of the small bar and pizzeria before they officially open their doors to the public on Tuesday 26th April. Located opposite the State Buildings towards the corner of Barrack Street and St George’s Terrace, lies this hidden gem underground the Perth CBD. Formerly a record shop, the intimate space has been revamped to reflect an American gangster style hangout which goes with the theme of an American Italian club taking you back to the 80s and 90s. There’s guns, pizza, alcohol and rock n roll, with the venue adorned with memorabilia from the US, wall paper from the 60s, fake cash, weapons, handcuffs, and items encased in trapdoors. Seating up to 30 people, there’s a large selection of alcoholic beverages to choose from and lots of pizzas on the menu. They also offer pizza by the slice. If you’re really into cheese, there’s also a cheese board available. I really enjoyed the pizza’s and will be back to try the other items on the menu.
I’m pleased to say Perth finally has a restaurant which does justice to American barbecued meats, prepared the way it should be and tastes just like it does in the US. I ordered a serve of pulled pork which was fantastic. Tender, moist and coated in delicious spices the pulled pork is so delicious. I also ordered a serve of the beef brisket which cuts like butter and oozes meat juices and flavour. This went down a treat and the homemade sauces on the table can be utilised to add more flavour to each bite. I also got a serve of the cornbread mini loaf with maple butter which was so yum and enjoyable. I really loved the food and the New York couple running this place is doing America proud. The serves are, if anything, overly generous and exceptional value for money, so don’t order too much and if in a bind, you can ask for it to be packed away. Can’t wait to try the other items on the menu.
Lot Twenty presents a relaxing casual atmosphere to enjoy a few drinks or a meal. As part of the Eat Drink Perth food festival Lot Twenty featured Neal Jackson’s Pork Belly, which presented crunchy crackling and tender succulent pork which was delicious. I also loved the grilled prawns with a tasty coconut sauce. The carrot tartare was refreshing cutting through the richness. For dessert I had the raspberry pannacotta with granola which was yum. I really liked the buttery crunchy granola contrasting against the smooth pannacotta which was a little too sweet for my liking.
The multifaceted Grand Bar and Bistro is the perfect venue for a variety of occasions. Upstairs is the restaurant where you can enjoy an intimate dinner, downstairs is a bar to grab a few drinks and enjoy some well crafted dishes. To the far left in the deck area is a cafe to enjoy a lighter lunch in casual surrounds. We dined in a semi basement area associated with bar and I ordered two entrees for lunch. The first was a delicious salt & pepper squid which was super tender and perfectly seasoned. The sweet chilli sauce dressed the salad and added additional flavour to the squid. The second entree presented crunchy topped pork belly which was tender and delicious with the sauce provided, but I wanted more sauce. The earthy parsnip puree is an excellent partner to the pork and I also loved the succulent scallops. A very well crafted meal and very filling. Satisfied.